St. Thomas of Canterbury — Bishop and Martyr December 29

St. Thomas was a great friend of the king of England until the former was made bishop. His insistance on the rights of the Church without compromise made him an enemy of the king. He paid for his loyalty to Christ and the Church with his life.

O God, for Whose Church the glorious Pontiff Thomas fell by the swords of the wicked: grant, we beseech Thee, that all who implore his help may obtain a salutary effect of their petition. — Collect

The Imitation of Christ
Mind what thou art about: labor faithfully in My vineyard: I will be thy reward.
The true friend is not the one who always says: “Yes, yes.” When there is question of doing right or wrong we must be willing to sacrifice the dearest friendship to keep the friendship of God.
Let us be careful not to demand anything of our friends that would in the least draw them away from God. On the other hand, let all those who associate with us be brought closer to the Divine Child because of their friendship with us.
Adversity tries friendship.